ROSEVILLE, Minn. — A Roseville contractor was sentenced Tuesday, Jan. 28, in federal court to three years and 10 months in prison for six counts of tax evasion.

Randal Scot Brinkman, 61, was found guilty in July following a four-day trial. He was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Joan Ericksen in the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

According to court records, Brinkman owned and operated a Roseville-based construction company from 1999 through 2018.

During that time, he took steps to hide his income and to actively evade paying taxes by using sham businesses, closing his personal bank accounts, using money orders and cash to pay daily expenses and creating a fake religious organization to hide his income and assets.

Following a 2007 IRS audit, Brinkman filed personal income tax returns for 2002 through 2007, admitting that he owed more than $145,000 in federal income taxes for those years.

Brinkman didn’t pay any of the taxes he admitted he owed to the IRS and failed to file tax returns or pay any of his federal incomes taxes from 2012 through 2018.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS and the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

In addition to the prison time, Brinkman will also serve three years of supervised release.